Digital (virtual) smile makeovers
To get started, look through these selected cases for a smile that displays some of the same issues you're concerned about ...
Or pick and choose from these smile makeover categories.
1) Applications for these cosmetic dental procedures:
2) Makeovers that involve straightening teeth:
- Braces - Complex/Full treatment cases.
- Braces - Minor/Partial treatment cases.
- 'Straightening' teeth with crowns/veneers (instant orthodontics).
3) Cases involving these these dental conditions:
- Tooth gaps.
- Worn teeth.
- Teeth in crossbite.
- Tooth Staining
- General applications for teeth whitening.
- Missing lateral incisors.
- Peg lateral incisors.
4) Smiles requiring tooth replacement:
5) Other techniques and issues:
6) Other makeover groupings:
Each virtual makeover is custom made.
With our before-and-after picture sets, we don't just use a simulator that pastes someone else's perfect smile onto a picture.
Instead we photoshop each individual tooth in the image that needs improvement. And we do so within the guidelines that standard cosmetic dental procedures, and a person's own general dentist, should actually be able to accomplish.
Our goal is simple. We try to mimic real-life results that the average patient can expect and afford.
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Get an idea of how your own smile might be improved.
With each makeover simulation:
- We explain what might make the case especially difficult, or easy.
- Outline alternative dental procedures that might give a similar outcome.
- And provide enough information that someone having a similar situation is knowledgeable enough to ask intelligent questions when discussing their smile with their dentist.
What techniques do we illustrate?
Here's an overview of the types of cosmetic dental work we illustrate in our makeover simulations. These are common dental procedures that any general dentist, not just a "cosmetic dentist," can most likely provide.
A porcelain veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that is bonded onto the front surface of a tooth to improve its appearance. These veneers can be an excellent way to make a cosmetic change for a tooth. As compared to dental bonding, they usually look more natural and resist staining better.
As a disadvantage, porcelain veneers are usually more expensive and, if used in the wrong application, can be prone to breaking. Unlike dental bonding, if a porcelain veneer does break, typically the whole veneer must be replaced. They usually cannot be patched or repaired.
View virtual makeover cases that feature porcelain veneers:
- General applications for veneers page.
- Closing tooth gaps with veneers page.
- "Straightening teeth with veneers vs. orthodontic treatment page.
Dental crowns can be used to make the same type of cosmetic changes for teeth that porcelain veneers can. However, unlike veneers which only cover over the front side of teeth, crowns cup over and encase the entire tooth.
In comparison to porcelain veneers, dental crowns are stronger and more durable. But because making a crown involves trimming away a significant amount of tooth structure, they usually aren't the best choice for making a cosmetic change unless the tooth also requires the non-cosmetic benefits that a crown can provide. Like porcelain veneers, there is typically a fair amount of cost involved when dental crowns are placed.
View smile makeovers that feature dental crowns:
- Closing tooth gaps using dental crowns page.
- "Straightening" teeth with dental crowns vs. orthodontic treatment page.
- Pages showing examples of repairing damaged teeth and those worn from tooth grinding with dental crowns.
- Possible potential complications associated with crown placement page.
The term "dental bonding" can refer to a number of different, yet related, dental techniques. In general, after a tooth's surface has been properly prepared, dental bonding can refer to any process where a dentist attaches white-colored dental filling material to a tooth.
Dental bonding might be used to improve the appearance of an isolated defect on the surface of a tooth, to replace tooth structure that has chipped or broken off, or to repair damage caused by tooth decay. This technique can also be used to resurface the entire front side of a tooth, strictly for cosmetic purposes.
When compared with other cosmetic procedures, dental bonding can be relatively inexpensive. And placing it is completed in a single visit. One disadvantage of dental bonding is that it has a tendency to stain over time and, in general, isn't as lasting or durable as other types of restorations. However, if dental bonding does chip or break it can usually be easily patched or repaired.
View digital makeover cases that feature dental bonding:
- General applications for dental bonding page.
Using a teeth-whitening process can be one of the simplest and least expensive ways to make a substantial cosmetic improvement with a person's smile. There are a number of different whitening techniques that might be employed, including:
- In-office whitening treatments.
- Tray-based teeth whitening.
- Whitening strips.
- Paint-on teeth whiteners.
While most tooth-whitening techniques can usually be counted on to produce at least some color change for a person's natural teeth, they will not (with a few exceptions) produce a lightening effect for existing dental work. Additionally, any tooth whitening that is achieved will have a tendency to fade over time.
View smile makeover cases that feature whitening teeth:
- Using tooth bleaching to resolve tooth staining page.